The Cam Newton Dilemma

Cam Newton: Heisman winner or vacated memory?

To vote for Cam Newton, or not vote for Cam Newton… That is the question.

Tonight the nation will see Cam Newton win the Heisman Trophy amid numerous questions about his integrity and eligibility.  As anyone who’s paid any attention to the situation knows Cam Newton has faced questions all year as a result of his father shopping his talents to the highest bidder.  The situation has caused a national debate about whether or not he deserves the award and if not who else should win it.

The obvious solution is to award the trophy to Newton.  End of story.

Despite what we’ve come to learn about Cecil Newton looking to cash in early on his son’s talents, there is no denying what Cam Newton has done on the field.  He led the Auburn Tigers through a brutal SEC schedule to an undefeated season and a trip to the national title game against Oregon.  In the process, Newton has been nothing short of an upstanding citizen.  The questions surrounding him don’t even involve him, they involve his father.  There is no proof that Cam knew what his father was doing.  In all honesty, there probably isn’t any way to know what he knows.  Yes it’s a tricky situation, no doubt, but should that effect what we’ve seen on the field?  I say no.

Cam Newton is the best player in college football.  Andrew Luck, LaMichael James, and Kellen Moore are great players, but Newton has out shined them all each and every week.  If any of those players manages the upset and wins the award you won’t hear any complaining from me, but we’ll all know who should have won.

Many critics of the situation point to the Reggie Bush debacle as a reason why Newton shouldn’t win the award.  They don’t want to see the award stripped from another player after the fact.  Bush, as you may recall, was ruled ineligible

This and thousands of other pictures online prove Bush played for USC... Sorry NCAA

after the fact and returned the award years after winning it.  Rather than awarding the award to Vince Young, the Heisman committee chose to leave the award vacant.  The entire situation in and of itself was just dumb.  Bush was ruled ineligible, his records were stripped, and any proof that he attended USC was wiped away.  Am I just supposed to forget he played?  Apparently, at least according to the NCAA.

The problem with that is even though the NCAA ruled Bush ineligible… He was eligible.  He played.  It happened.  You can’t just undo it.  Am I just supposed to forget that Reggie Bush was one of the most electrifying players ever?  Nope, can’t do it.  Reggie Bush was amazing and he won the Heisman Trophy.  End of discussion.

So tonight when Cam Newton walks up on stage and accepts the Heisman Trophy it won’t be for the next four years or however long until the truth comes out.  It’s forever.  He was ruled eligible, he played, he won… and it was amazing.

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